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the world," we begin in vatican city. pope benedict xvi's final days in power filling up with a scandal. >> the top cardinal just resigned after four priests accused him of inappropriate acts. and the vatican in damage control mode after reports of network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by prostitutes. >>> fidel castro sworn in and announces this is his last go-round. he says he plans to retire in 2018, most likely to put an end of rule by castros. >>> and south africa, another pistorius facing charges in a woman's death, carl pistorius, the older brother of oscar pistorius, charged with culpable homicide after he was involved in a car axe deputy two years ago. >> they say carl pistorius was driving recklessly. he was to go to trial last week but that's been pushed back to the end of march because of the murder charges against his brother. >>> back to vatican city. where alleged sex scandal and intrigue swirling around the catholic church right now, happening just days before pope benedict xvi is stepping down. >> talk about timing. the pope just issued an order allowing the
with the outgoing pope benedict. >> they have known each other since the early 80's and the cardinal told us he will meet with the pope on thursday morning for a farewell which will be very emotional. when the pope, when he was a cardinal, he chose him to replace him as the prefect of the congregation and when he was pope benedict he elevated him to cardinal in 2006. he retired last year and never thought he would be part of a conclave. pope benedict's resignation surprised him and he is landing to leave for rome tomorrow and said even if you are not catholic he is asking you keep him if your thoughts. >> i will be the first former ambassador -- archbishop of san francisco to have this solemn duty. i rely on the prayers of all the faithful of church and i ask the prayers of my brothers and sisters in other christian communities. jesus has assured us that the prayers we pray to god will receive a response. i ask, as well, the good will and prayers of the whole community for this important moment in the history of the catholic church. >> the conclave is not without controversy. the scottish cardi
history with the outgoing pope benedict. >> they have known each other since the early 80's and the cardinal told us he will meet with the pope on thursday morning for a farewell which will be very emotional. when the pope, when he was a cardinal, he chose him to replace him as the prefect of the congregation and when he was pope benedict he elevated him to cardinal in 2006. he retired last year and never thought he would be part of a conclave. pope benedict's resignation surprised him and he is landing to leave for rome tomorrow and said even if you are not catholic he is asking you keep him if your thoughts. >> i will be the first former ambassador -- archbishop of san francisco to have this solemn duty. i rely on the prayers of all the faithful of church and i ask the prayers of my brothers and sisters in other christian communities. jesus has assured us that the prayers we pray to god will receive a response. i ask, as well, the good will and prayers of the whole community for this important moment in the history of the catholic church. >> the conclave is not without con
is elected. i'm in rome with the >>> pope benedict xvi stepped down in a couple days and turns out. catholics may have a new pope sooner than they think. >> today the pope made history by changing church law. >> pope benedict xvi revised the rule on how his successor will be chosen. cardinals no longer have to wait 15 days. after benedict steps down thursday, cardinals can decide to move up the secret ceremony to elect a pope, known as the conclave. >> they should decide as quickly as possible. i thought it would be something that would take a lot longer. >> the vatican would like it in place in place before march 24. the new pope must be installed a week earlier. when voting starts, keith o'brian will be absent. the vatican confirms o'brian resigned amid allegations -- he denied the accusations and said he does not want the allegations to be a distraction. >> fact that his resignation has been accepted by pope benedict, i think is significant. not of guilt, but certainty that we want an investigation to begin. >> some tourists at the vatican say the new allegations are another blemish f
. >>> this was a bittersweet day at the vatican as pope benedict xvi made his final sunday appearance as the church faced new allegations of wrongdoing. nbc's anne thompson is at the vatican for us again tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. today's events, you can see both the strengths and weaknesses of the catholic church, the exuberant energy and faith in the massive crowd gathered here, and the new charges of abuse that continue to haunt this institution. today, the world came to st. peter's square for pope benedict's final sunday blessing. part pep rally. part prayer service. just being in the crowd of 1,000 was a learning experience for these american students. >> that the faith has no national boundaries and political interests. >> reporter: the object of their affection and gratitude, the 85-year-old pontiff. he told the crowd he is not abandoning the church but answering god's call to more prayer and meditation, more appropriate for his age and strength. yet even in this joyful square, the scandals that marked his papacy were on the minds of some. >> i think he has done an
. >>> pope benedict xvi delivers his final sunday blessing. what he had to say to thousands at st. peter square. >>> an historic day at the daytona 500. >>> complete bay area news coverage starts right now. this is ktvu channel 2 news at 5. >>> good evening. i'm ken wayne. >> and hello, everyone. i'm heather holmes. dozens of people are figuring out their next steps tonight after a fast-moving fire tore through their apartment building in san francisco. kara is live at the scene and tells us it was police officers who first spotted the smoke. >> reporter: that's right. the officers were headed to another call when they saw smoke coming from this apartment building. just a few hours ago, this entire intersection was shut down. right now you can see a red cross truck parked out front. volunteers are helping those displaced by the fire. some 40 people were forced to evacuate the five--story apartment building just before noon. >> cops screaming and banging on doors. we told them we were coming, and they're saying, no, now, now, now! we're trying to throw on clothes. i'm still scared. >> re
pope benedict reassured roman catholics that will continue to serve god when he enters retirement on thursday. but as that transition gets under way, allen pizzey reports a new vatican scandal has emerged. >> benedict used his final sunday blessing to assure the estimated 100,000 people in st. peter's square that he wasn't abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pope said we would continue to serve but in a way more suitable to my age and my strengths. the crises that sapped his strength continue to swirl even as benedict goes into what he calls a new life of prayer and meditation. >> in the name of the father. >> three priests of the former cleric have claimed that cardinal keith o'brien of scotland engage in the inappropriate contact with them 30 years ago. their charges were sent to the 1r59 can a week before the prepare resigned. the myriad scandals in the church didn't worry elizabeth warbl of st. paul minnesota. >> it's in god's hands. the holy spirit has been with the church for 2,000 years, i don't think it will crumbable in a year. >> kenneth sympathized with benedict. >>
have a new pope sooner than expected. just a few days before stepping down, pope benedict xvi changes church law in historic move. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi has revised the rule on how his successor will be chosen. cardinals no longer have to wait 15 days after the pope resigns to begin voting for a new holy father. after benedict steps down on friday, cardinals can decide to move up the secret ceremony to elect a pope known as the conclave. >> i think they should do it as quickly as possible. >> i'm very surprised, i thought it would be something that took a lot longer. >> reporter: the vatican would like a new pope in place on march 24th. that means the new pope must be installed a week earlier. when the voting starts, scotish cardinal keith o bryan will be noticeably absent. o'brien resigned under allegations that he behaved inappropriately with other priests 30 years ago. he says he does not want the allegation to be a distraction. >> the fact that his registration -- resignation has been accepted by pope benedict is good. not in
worth $48,000. >> ben tracy, thanks. >>> pope benedict steps down on thursday. yesterday he gave his final sunday blessing and defended his decision to retire. this morning the pope changed the conclave rules allowing the cardinals to hold the conclave earlier than normal. and there is news surrounding one of the cardinals who was set to help pick benedict's successor. alan pizzey is in have the can city. >> reporter: more troubles for the vatican and the conclave. cardinal keith o'brien of scotland announced he was resigning and would not take part in the conclave to announce benedict's successor. he was accused of what's called inappropriate contact with four young priests some 30 years ago. the cardinal denies the allegations but said he was not taking part in the conclave so as not to detract from the major issue of choosing pope benedict's successor. that brings the number of voting cardinals down to 115. benedict told the faithful who came to his last sunday blessing that he was not abandoning the church but doing what was best to serve it. in his words, in a
leaders say those increases are unacceptable. >>> pope benedict has three more days as leader of the catholic church. he delivered a service in a packed st. peters square. he will officially step down at 8:00 p.m. on thursday. pope benedict resigns amid rumors of a sex scandal, such as gay priests being blackmailed. >>> the end of the castro era in cuba, in sight. raul castro says he plans on stepping down in 2018, which is the end of his second term. fidel castro's 81-year-old brother made the announcement sunday, shortly after the country's national assembly elected him to a second five-year term. as for a possible successor? raul castro says cuba's first vice president, miguel diaz, is part of a new generation that will provide the future leadership of that country. >>> high school administrators in grant forks, north dakota, are investigating a shocking incident. three students showed up for a state hockey tournament on friday, wearing ku klux klan-style hoods. a photo of the three was posted to twitter. generated a lot of outrage. school officials have contacted the paren
insight into your pets and your thought. we test our own dog to find out. >> pope benedict xvi order some big changes. another scandal at the church. >> two well-known companies teaming up to make a change to our cars. >> the conclave to choose the successor to pope benedict xvi could come about sooner than expected. >> as the vatican prepares for historic change. there's also some damage control under way. a day after speaking from the window for the last time. pope benedict xvi change the rules for the upcoming conclave. letting cardinals' move but they start date if they're in a room before the 15-day transitional period. this could be the most important decision of his life. >> i really [inaudible] said that i can hear that voice. >> the conclave will get under way amid new turbulence. today the vatican announced pope benedict xvi has accepted the resignation of scotland's top catholic figure. saying he turns 75 next month. the normal retirement age for bishop. just yesterday the british paper reported allegations that he abused four men studying to be priests in the 1980's. in los an
. awesome. get the grappling hook to... dad, i... no? ok. >>> if benedict the xvi was hoping for a quiet end to a sometimes turbulent papacy, it is obviously not to be. just four days before the pope's own resignation takes effect, we learned the only catholic cardinal in britain, keith o'brien, seen here, keith o'brien of scotland, has also resigned and won't be taking part in the conclave to choose pope benedict's successor. a british newspaper is saying that three priests and one former priest have accused o'brien of, quote, inappropriate relationships dating back to the 1980s. he denies that, and he was due to step down anyway because of his age. but he was also expected to gather in rome this week, or next, with his fellow cardinals. and if anybody thought the church's scandals would end when a new pope was chosen, that is not to be either. the pope today decided that a top-secret vatican report on the document leak, remember that document leak that was blamed on the pope's butler? well, it's a report that he and only he is supposed to have seen. but it is supposed to be left to his suc
. >> reporter: pope benedict delivered his final blessing to tens of thousands from his apartment overlooking saint peters square. between rounds of applause and emotional prayers -- >> i had some tears from my eyes. >> reporter: the holy father said he is not abandoning the church. he is retiring to spend his final years in prayer. the 85-year-old is stepping down on thursday. the first pope to do so in 600 years. >> you can feel it is something special among the people here. >> reporter: cardinals from around the world are arriving in rome to elect the next pope. what is normally a delicate transition has been interrupted by morale tkpwaeugs of scandal. >> italian media is reporting that the pope decided to resign after learning that a secret room of gay priests were being blackmailed. >> reporter: closed door vatican discussions about the allegations. the church calls the report false. >> it is focused on scandals in the church. again some, have been very, very real. nobody is denying them. the focus only goes to that we are deflected t
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three days left in his papacy, the vatican wanted the spotlight to be on pope benedict. instead the world is seeing the darker side of the church, the in-fighting and scandals that today claimed britain's highest-ranking catholic. for scotland's cardinal o'brien, the end came with astonishing swiftness. today o'brien resigned and said he will not attend the conclave to elect a new pope. the first cardinal in history to stay away, because of a personal scandal. sunday, a british newspaper published accusations by three priests and a former priest that o'brien engaged in inappropriate behavior with them, going back to the 1980s. >> holy father accepted the resignation -- >> reporter: 24 hours later, pope benedict accepted o'brien's resignation as archbishop of saint andrews and he had en boro. >> the catholic church is in quite a bit of turmoil. >> reporter: o'brien denied the claims and said in a statement today, for any failures, i apologize to all whom i've offended. >> the one that handed me over to you -- >> reporter: just last week, o'brien spoke out about the american cardi
, soledad. breaking news as pope benedict xvi entering his final days as leader of the catholic church, britain's top cardinal, keith o'brien stepping down. this following accusations that o'brien abused young men studying for the priest hood and amid italian media reports that the pope is stepping down due to a vatican involving priests and male prostitutes. becky anderson is live with more. good morning, becky. >> they say a week is a long time in politics, but an hour is a long time in politic there. there is a news briefing going on for journalists as we speak. i'll get you as many of the lines out of that as i can. bombshells coming sort of right, left and scepter this morning out of vatican. let's start with that breaking news on the top brit tissue cardinal. cardinal keith o'brien who has resigned. the pop has declared that today. we are told he talked about his resignation to the pope back in november. he was of ailing health and at 75 he thought he should go. but his resignation hasn't been announced, nor was it going to be until his birthdate on march 15th. as of today, the t
, include iing some rules from pope benedict that change how they pick his replacement. >> the pope has given the cardinals permission to move up the start date of the conclave which will choose his successor. a cardinal that has been in the headlines for the past 24 hours for all the wrong reasons decides to resign and says he's not coming to the conclave. all this is happening while the faithful celebrate the end of benedict's papacy. even in his final days as pope, scandal continues to dog benedict's papacy and the church. headline rumors of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehemental vehemently denies. because of his role protecting abusive priests, decide to stay home. and cardinal o'brian. >> someone has erred in some way or another, it doesn't salt their judgment. >> reporter: today he resigned. ugly headline that is one vatican watcher says will shape the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of this is politics but other parts of it are the long-delayed reckoning with problems that require face iingd correcting in the church. >> reporter: the scandals have left many o
have i i don't in italian across their chests. well, big news out of the vatican today. pope benedict xvi has now moved up the date of the conclave to gather to elect his successor. as another cardinal is still touched by the continuing sex abuse scandal. nbc's ann thompson joins me from rome with more details. first of all, the timing of the conclave, i know the rules allow the cardinals to move it up. what is he saying? when do you think this will begin? >> that's a good question, andrea. despite the pope's actions today, we still don't know when the conclave will exactly start. what the pope did today is give the cardinals the permission to move up the start date with this provico, that all the cardinal electors, all those cardinals under the age of 80 that will vote for the next pope have to be here to decide on the new start date. so the cardinals will start gathering on march 1st, the day after benedict retires, and perhaps they will take a vote, make a decision either march 1st or march 2nd. right now the early date seems to be march 10th, but it's just a guess. nobody is reall
's exciting finish came one day after a frightening cash. >>> pope benedict xvi has given his final blessing before he steps down on thursday. about 100,000 people were in st. peters square. he told the crowd he would take up a life of prayer and meditation and he's not abandoning the church. pope benedict will be the first in 600 years to step down. the st. mary's monosenior also dismissed recent reports about sex scandals. some say the pope is leaving to distance himself from gay priests at the vatican that are being blackmailed. the vatican says the allegations are completely false. >>> more information on the oscar pistorius shooting. a spokeswoman for pistorius says he is in pitoria. he met with correctional officers under the bail terms in his murder case. he is staying at ancona can -- at an uncle's house. he is charged with killing his girlfriend earlier this month. >>> investigators are stepping up their search for a suspect in a las vegas shooting. they identified mr harris as a suspect in a gunfight that killed three people. incollideing wrapper ken -- rapper kenny clutch. he file
and the final days of pope benedict's rule. this morning the vatican says he has accepted the resignation of scotland's archbishop. cardinal keith o'brien has been dogged by accusations he abused four men in the 1980s, all of those men studying to become priest. this as pope benedict delivered his final public prayer ceremony and accusation that a scandal may have prompted the first papal resignation in 600 years. cnn's ben wedeman looks at the explosive claims thundering through the vatican. >> reporter: reports broke in two leading italian publications suggests his reason for resigning was far more explosive. shock at the discovery of a network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes. according to the reports, the results of an investigation by three cardinals assigned to look into wrongdoing at the vatican were submitted to pope benedict on december 17th last year. the report suggests that serious improprieties within the vatican amounted to violations of sixth and seventh commandments, thou shalt not steal and thou shalt not commit adultery. pope ben
to elect the successor to pope benedict, but will now not be going to rome. our religious correspondent has the details. >> for a decade and more, he has been one of scotland's biggest personalities and strongest voices. then came allegations that cardinal o'brien behaved inappropriately towards four priests in his care during the 1980's. suddenly, he is out of office. today, cardinal o'brien stayed behind closed doors. in a statement, he acknowledged his poor health, but made no attempt to rebut the allegations against him. instead he said, for any good i have been able to do, i thank god. for any failures, i apologize to him all whom i have asked to all whom i have -- i apologize to all whom i have offended. a few days ago, he was the catholic church's elder statesmen, due to fly to rome to help choose the new pope -- statesman, due to fly to rome to help choose the new pope. >> the holy father excepted on february 18, the resignation .rom the cardinal >> the first minister said he had heard the news of cardinal o'brien's resignation with great sadness. >> allegations have to be properly
are hearing that they are headed to the vatican. pope benedict xvi delivered his last mass on sunday. in washington, d.c , thousands gathered at the shrine of the basillica in a service to honor the pope. parishioners are holding out hopes for favorites. >> >> it's interesting to notice that the church is only growing in the third world, africa, asia, it would be such a nod. >> one of the 11 american cardinals voting to elect the next pope. he said it is unlikely the next one will be from the united states. again, a live press conference happening right now, we'll let you know what is going on. >> >> it looks like we could see some relief from the skyrocketing gas prices. . crude oil prices are going down. wholesale price of oil beginning to tumble. . >>> otis harris performed with the temptations from dr.-- family members say he passed away from prostate cancer. he was 62 years old. >> >> this monday morning, pleading guilty, due back in court today. >>> oscar pistorius accused of killing his girl friend. we learned his brother, carl is facing charges in a 2010 death for motorcycli
's ready for a younger generation to lead. >>> today begins the last work week for pope benedict xvi. the 85-year-old pontiff is set to retire thursday night. yesterday he delivered his final public blessing in st. peter's square, telling the crowd, "god told me to go." he reassured the world's 1.2 billion catholics that his decision to retire does not mean he's abandoning the church. the pope has one final appearance scheduled wednesday. experts say as his final act as pope, he might change the rules governing conclaves to speed it up. >>> cardinals from around the world have started to gather in rome. washington archbishop donald wuerl left over the weekend. he and 116 other cardinals will meet next month to elect the successor. tony? >>> thank you very much. police in takoma mark investigate an apparent murder/suicide. happened along flower drive around 2:00 sunday morning. the victims are david draugh and steven hickman. david was a teacher. school officials expected to release more information about his death later today. >>> and police in virginia are searching for a person of
benedict give his final sunday address. [ cheering and applause ]. . >> the pontiff delivered his final blessings to tens of thousands from his apartment overlooking st. peter square. he says he's retiring to spend his final years in prayer. he's stepping down on thursday, the first pope to do so in 600 years. >>> and cardinals from around the world are now arriving in rome to elect the next pope but the decision will be made amid scandal italian media is saying some priests are being black mailed. the vatican says the scandal is false. >>> the academy awards was hosted by sets mcfarland. a lot of people talking about the fashions on the red carpet arrivals. a lot of people talking about ann hathaway's dress there. the film amour was honored for best foreign film. when we get the other winners we'll pass them on to you on eyewitness news. >>> also to come tonight a big blanket of snow, colorado is covered, drivers feeling the pain. what forecasters are predicting tonight. >>> oscar pistorius isn't the only one in his family accused of killing someone. the stunning new charges against hi
benedict begins his final work as leader of the world's roman catholics. >>> plus, a cnn exclusive. you will meet the real americans whose rescue from iran inspired the oscar-winning movie "argo." i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we're only four days away from billions of dollars in forced budget cuts. this afternoon, members of congress are finally back on capitol hill. president obama meanwhile welcomed the nation's governors to the white house. but is anybody looking for a real compromise that will avoid the chaos scheduled to hit this friday? our search for answers begins with our national political correspondent jim acosta. what's the latest, jim? >> reporter: wolf, if anything, both sides sound like they are digging in. the white house is accusing republicans of putting schools and the health of young children at risk. meanwhile, the republicans are accusing the obama administration of trying to scare people. >> welcome, everybody. >> reporter: speaking to a meeting of the nation's governors, president obama said if congre
." this week marks pope benedict's last as head of the catholic church. benedict gave his final sunday blessing to a crowd of 100,000 faithful followers yesterday in st. peter's square, telling them he is not abandoning the church and that he will continue to serve god. meanwhile, cardinal keith o'brien, the head of the church in scotland, has announced that he is stepping down amid accusations of inappropriate and intimate behavior with current and former priests. the pope has reportedly accepted cardinal o'brien's resignation. >> god, mike, i tell you what. whoever the next pope is, they need to go on an all-out hunt. just no matter how ugly it gets. that actually could have been pope benedict's grand legacy over seven years. >> and it's not going to be. >> it's not going to be. >> no. they need to open the windows of the vatican. they need to let a cleansing ear come through, they need to clean out a lot of things. they need to be much more open about the vatican bank and the finances of the vatican and the conduct and behavior of priests and higher ranking members of the hierarchy. >> if th
in choosing pope benedict's successor. it was to be one of cardinal o'brien's last official duties before a scheduled retirement next month. but in a statement he said... >> the holy father has now decided that my resignation will take effect today. looking back over my years of ministry for any good i have been able to do, i thank god. for any failures, i apologize to all whom i have offended. >> reporter: he does, however, remain a cardinal. it's understood he could still take part in the election of a new pope and it's his choice not to do so. in scotland cardinal o'brien is a divisive figure though many are sad to see him go. >> no one would have wished these circumstances. everyone will feel great sadness for what's arisen today. i feel that we should reflect for a minute just on the massive contribution that he has made to his church and his country over almost 50 years. >> reporter: others found him difficult not least for his uncompromising opposition to gay marriage. >> what we really hope in scottland is that the cardinal's successor will show more christiane charity to openly g
benedict xvi steps down. two italian papers say the reason he's leaving has nothing to do with his health and much more so to do with his explosive 300 page report. among the allegations here, secrets about a network of gay priests blackmailed by a group of male prostitutes. but, the vatican says the contents of this report will, as they say, remain for the pope's eyes only. >> the holy father has decided that the acts of this investigation known only to himself remain solely at the disposition of the new pope. >> and as you can imagine, the fallout is going global. today, one of the uk's highest ranking catholic leaders resigned as he's dogged by accusations of sexual abuse. i want to go straight to christiane amanpour, live tonight in rome. tell me what exactly is cardinal keith o'brien accused of and what does his resignation thus mean for the vote for the next pope? >> reporter: well, look, brooke, here we are standing in front of st. peter's, right there, the heart of the vatican. as you say, they are in damage control and they really did not expect that the last few days of the pope
of benedict's papacy, while scandal and intrigue engulf some of the men who will choose the next pope. even in his final days as pope, scandal continues to dog benedict's papacy and the church. italian newspapers headline rumors of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehemently denies. american cardinal roger mahony has ignored calls to stay home from a conclthat chooses the next pope because of his role protecting abusive priests. scottish cardinal keith o'brien, who commented on mahony's situation last week. >> someone has erred and we have anoth another. >> reporter: today cardinal o'brien resigned after being accused by three priests and former priest of inappropriate behavior going back to the 1980s. ugly headlines that one vatican watcher says will shape the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of this is politics, but other parts of it are the long delayed, reckoning with problems that require facing and correcting in the church. >> reporter: the scandals have left many of the faithful weary. >> i'm a true believer and i hope that catholics will get a better name these days.
and strongest example of how the papal election campaign is getting ugly. today, pope benedict is expected to issue new rules about the timing and proceedings of the conclave. he can do it by decree. the pope is an absolute monarch. the vatican is accusing the press corps of being the modern day equivalent of the borgias. these day, the italian papers read like dan brown novel. as doier prepared for the pope's eyes only. detailing a sex and blackmail scandal involving the curia. there's some truth to it. last year, the pope formed an investigative commission. these three men, referred to as in the italian press, the 007 cardinals. the pope's butler stole classified documents. from the papal apartments. they gave the pope a report. only he and they know what's in it. >> you get tons of rumors and all these whispers. most of them are not true. >> reporter: at the same time, there's the very real church sex abuse scandal, casting a shadow over l.a.'s roger mahony and other voting cardinals. the request raised, should morally tainted cardinals be allowed to help choose the new pope? moments ag
-- we were told by the spokesperson that pope benedict xvi accepted the resignation of cardinal o'brien. when we asked he was not allowed in to the conclave, he said that's not for the pope to decide, it is only a decision that a cardinal can take. cardinal o'brien did take that decision and made it public shortly afterwards and published a statement saying that he didn't want all the media attention on him and even offered his apologies to those he may have offended due to his failures. well, this sets an important precedent. i mean, never before a cardinal renounced to his right to participate in the conclave. the election of the new pontiff. the highest moment of any cardinal in the catholic church, of course, due to a scandal engulfing him. of course now all eyes on mahoney of los angeles. he's said that he will come to rome to vote anyway despite the scandal that engulfed him, accused of covering up abuses by priests. he was meant to oversee in the past. let's see if the cardinal's decision will change his mind. tamron? >> thank you, claudio. more now on cardinal roger mahone
on the way to see pope benedict the 16th. sunday he gave his final blessing to a massive crowd. he'll make a final appearance wednesday and officially step down thursday. then the cardinal will decide when to pick the next pope. >> i don't think it will be seen as a very good thing if the pope who is supposed to be reminding them of their responsibilities to build peace. >>gretchen: the vatican plans to have the new pope in place by holy week. hamid karzai kicking troops out of a crucial region. he ordered special forces to leave the province outside kabul in two weeks over abuse claims. afghan security officials claim afghan troops are harassing, torturing and killing innocent people in villages. karzai demands the u.s. hands over individuals involved. the u.s. is investigating the claims. >> jimmy johnson does it again at daytona. >> the daytona 500 goes to jimmy johnson, five-time champion. >>gretchen: johnson starting the season with his second win at daytona, the tenth driver to do that. danica patrick, the first woman to win, finished eighth. saturday's crash still on everyone's mind
the new pope next month. the conclave will start soon. today pope benedict issued a change in the rules to get around the usual 15-day delay. >>> east bay authorities are telling their version of why mc hammer was arrested. the alameda county sheriff says the car hammer was in had expired tags and belonged to another person. hammer reportedly reacted angrily to a request for proof of ownership and refused to step out of the car. he was arrested thursday in dublin for obstructing a police officer. hammer says he was racially profiled. >>> plenty of new tips about investigators about the prime minister suspect in the las vegas strip shooting. police are looking for 26-year- old ammar harris. they say he shot and killed aspiring rapper kenneth cherry who was an oakland native. ever since harris was identified as the prime suspect, tips have been pouring in. police found his range rover over the weekend. >>> a man who managed to fight off an armed robber helped palo alto police come up with a sketch of that suspect. here's the drawing of the man wanted f
this morning. pope benedict xvi has given the cardinals permission to start up the date of the conclave. there will be one fewer cardinal in that conclave. keith o'brien, head of the church in scotland, has resigned after he was accused by three priests and a former priest of inappropriate behavior. let's bring in nbc news vatican analyst george michaels, senior fellow at the ethics and policy center. george, so more than 100,000 people turned out yesterday for the pope's pin am sunday blessing. but have you all this controversy out there. let's start with cardinal o'brien. this is a man who has been outspoken in his views against homosexuality and when there were calls for l.a.'s former cardinal to stay home from the conclave because of his role in protecting the abusive priests. here is what the cardinal said. >> if someone erred in some way or another that does not -- judgment and other matters. >> probably not exactly the statement that people would have wanted to hear from him. so he's decided to step down. was this the vatican pushing him out of the conclave? >> reporter: i think
: the vatican is on the defense this morning. it denies claim from italian media that pope benedict decided to resign after getting a report from cardinals in december outlining corruption and homosexuality in the vatican. >> the pope's resignation takes effect on thursday. at a vatican news conference, we deseed that he started to move up the process of -- dear decided to move up the -- decided to move up the process of electing a new pope. the vatican today denied claims the pope is resigning under these claims. >> i don't worry they are being taken in by it. >> three cardinals authored the pope. the pope read this report in december and considered releasing it to other cardinals but instead the word is from the vatican he's putting it back in the papal abeat its waking the next pope's review. keith o'brien from scotland is being forced into early resignation. all of this is happening as california's 11 million catholics observe lent. live in washington, kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> peninsula state assemblyman jerry hill is calling for an audit of the state public utilities com
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